Give Back My Beast


Autumn comes. The light wanes and the days close in. Nostalgia is plentiful.

Give Back My Beast is a eulogy to the beasts and myths soon to be lost. Daniel Allen Nelson, performs within a multi-media installation consisting of artifacts and remnants of an extinct cultural and natural environment, bearing a nostalgic resemblance to our own world of just a few moments ago. Nelson shapes a narrative that cycles between transformation and extinction as he grapples with the waning worlds of nature and imagination, and envisions the stories and images that exist in the realm beyond.

Created by Temple Crocker & Daniel Nelson, Performed by Daniel Allen Nelson, Marie-Christine, Katz, and Tavish Miller. With film performances by Temple Crocker & Sarah Lloyd. Directed by Kara Feely, Production Design: Jeanette Yew, Production Stage Manager: Elizabeth Nielsen, Dramaturgy & additional text: Jenny Campbell, Video Design: David Pym, Sound Design: Brandon Pane Asst. Director: Ilana Khanin, Video & Photo Direction: Jeremy Ayers, Original music: Chas Marsh

Give Back My Beast began development in the summer of 2013 and initial excerpts were performed at the 3rd annual Le Petit Salon at 5700/The Performing House in Baltimore the following fall. The further imagined and constructed performance was presented at the NEW La Mama Galleria in the winter of 2015.

This project was made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  Give Back My Beast received developmental support as part of the Artist Residency Program of The Drama League of New York, Roger T. Danforth, Artistic Director, Gabriel Shanks, Executive Director, funded in part by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.